Pet X-ray & Ultrasound in Basingstoke
Being able to see what is going on inside an animal can be crucial to the correct diagnosis and treatment. At The Hampshire Vet in Basingstoke, our clinical team use digital x-rays and ultrasound for instant diagnosis of internal injuries and health problems.
Digital x-ray images enable our vets to examine skeletal issues and various organs including the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, and small intestines for anything out of the ordinary. They can highlight foreign bodies lodged in the intestine or stomach, and the presence of disease, fluid, or a tumour.
X-rays are typically performed under light sedation, or under general anaesthetic when appropriate, as a patient needs to be still to achieve a good quality digital image. If a specialist opinion is required, in many cases we can refer the digital x-ray images by email rather than refer the pet, which can speed up diagnosis and treatment times.
Ultrasound works by bouncing high-frequency sound waves off tissues and converting the echoes into black & white images. These images show remarkable detail in soft tissues such as internal structures of the eye and the heart, the contents of the abdomen or womb, and muscles. Results are instant, making these extremely useful when diagnosing suspected internal health conditions and disease, and during pet pregnancies.
Pet ultrasound scans are usually performed on conscious pets, however in some cases, light sedation may be necessary. Our veterinary surgeons also use this advanced equipment when taking needle biopsies of internal organs as they show a live, up-close view of the biopsy site.
The importance of pet insurance
X-ray, ultrasound, and other diagnostic tools can be a crucial part of a pet’s diagnosis and recovery. Therefore, we strongly recommend taking out pet insurance to help alleviate the financial stress of unexpected treatment.